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Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
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1998 Dodge Dakota exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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1998 Dodge Dakota Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 082003

(reported on)


  • miles


When the vehicle was left idling for several hours, the floor board over heated on the passenger side due to the exhaust system had become extremely hot. Several items that were left on the floor melted, which included some portions of the seat belt.

- Addison, IL, USA

problem #4

Sep 232002


  • miles
The catalytic converter on my Dakota keeps falling apart. I have taken it back to the dealer for replacement 4 or 5 times now (the first time was not long after I had bought the vehicle). Each time they put a new converter on, it falls apart within a years time. I asked them about it and they blame it on faulty manufacturing of the converter. I know other Dakota owners that have the same problem and are given the same story (just faulty manufacturing). I E-mailed Dodge, but they directed me to the dealer. Is anyone being held accountable for this" my vehicle is no longer under warranty, I am a single parent and can not afford to pay for a new converter when this new one falls apart. I see that there have been other complaints is anything being done??? my brakes also make a terrible noise when it is cold and/or rains or if it is foggy. The dealer said "oh, its just moisture" but there is really nothing wrong with your brakes. When it is raining, it seems that the brakes don't work as they should and the anti-lock does not seem to work intermittently. One other problem is the engine races after the truck has sat overnight or while I am at work, and it takes awhile before it idles at the normal RPM. I was told by the dealer, don't worry about it, it is just the cold air solenoid. What has NHTSA concluded in regard to the catalytic converter? or are you the wrong contact"

- Vandalia, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 011998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Engine experiences rough and low idle, and stalling, dealer has replaced throttle body, manifold gaskets, and valve body, however stalling still exists, dealer stated the combination of stopping, shifting, and the turning of the steering wheel causes the engine to stall, there was also an oil pan leak and coolant leak, purge solenoid was also noisy. Reverse lights had a defective switch and the headlights had a defective switch. Exhaust was noisy and the exhaust bolts were broken. Moldings were leaking, dealer had to also replace carpet. Brakes locked up, dealer found they were full of brake dust, front rotors gouged, dealer replaced brakes and rotors. Steering gear box and power steering gear assembly both leaked. Transmission experienced many problems, a defective leaking pressure line, vibration in driveline, vehicle would slam in reverse when going from drive, differential was replaced due to a humming noise, and the gear shift broke. New tires (no size or brand) due to vibration in front end.

- Chagrin Falls, OH, USA

problem #2

Mar 212000


  • miles
This problem occurs at the frequency of every 6000. Miles without exception. No safety defect listed within the summary.

- Xenia, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 101999


  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Yellow Springs, OH, USA

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